Charity worker who heckled PM says Boris thinks we are stupid

Ben Gilchrist said he lost his patience with Boris Johnson and felt the need to challenge him

Ben Gilchrist said he lost his patience with the PM and felt the need to challenge him (Picture: Ben Gilchrist/Getty)

An impassioned charity worker who heckled Boris Johnson during a speech has been left furious since the PM decided to suspend Parliament.

Ben Gilchrist, 41, made headlines on Friday afternoon when he shouted get back to Parliament at the prime minister, before security dragged him out of the Rotherham, South Yorkshire, venue.

Video footage shows Ben being wrestled out of the Convention of the North conference after shouting: Why are you not with them [MPs] in Parliament, sorting out the mess youve created? Why dont you sort it out Boris?

Ben, who works for a Manchester-based charity, told he snapped when Mr Johnson praised the transformative potential of local MPs and leaders.

The charity worker said: The moment that triggered me was when he said how much he valued local representatives and people.



Thats the moment I lost my patience and challenged him – telling him to go back to Parliament.

I thought, this is ludicrous. He must think we are as stupid as he is entitled.

It was a spur of the moment thing. I thought Ive got to do something.

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Boris heckler Ben Gilchrist Provider: Ben Gilchrist

Ben has worked in the voluntary sector most of his life (Picture: Ben Gilchrist)

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The charity worker was wrestled out of the venue (Picture: Getty)

Ben, who is based in Old Trafford, said he was absolutely outraged over the PMs decision to suspend Parliament until October 14.

Many critics have argued it was done in a bid to force through a no-deal Brexit, leaving little more than two weeks until the October 31 deadline.

After hearing the news, non-violent activist Ben was one of thousands to take to the streets and protest against the controversial move.

I wasnt doing it as a pro or anti-Brexit protest, its more about my passion for democracy – thats what I object to, he added.

His comments come after Scottish judges ruled Mr Johnsons proroguing of Parliament was unlawful, in a case which will be heard at the Supreme Court next week.



Ben said its appalling Boris is ignoring the law and was even more enraged the PM tried to make a joke out of the charity workers concerns, adding its not funny.

He said when he showed up to the conference and saw cameras, he knew there was a possibility the prime minister would be there and began to psych himself up to say something.